Dussehra 2023: According to the Panchang, Dashami Tithi of Shukla Paksha of Ashwin month in the year 2023 is starting from 5.44 pm on 23 October 2023 and will continue till 3.14 pm on 24 October 2023. Therefore, according to Udaya Tithi, Vijayadashami will be celebrated on 24th October this year. Weapon worship is done on Vijayadashami. On this day, Shastra Puja will be done in Vijay Muhurta. Vijay Muhurta on 24th October is from 01:46 pm to 02:31 pm. Apart from this, Abhijeet Muhurta, or auspicious time of that day is from 11:30 am to 12:15 pm.

The festival of Dussehra or Vijayadashami is celebrated with great pomp throughout the country on the tenth day of Ashwin month. Dussehra, celebrated on the tenth day of Durga Puja, symbolizes the victory of good over evil and truth over falsehood. Auspicious works can be done even without auspicious time on the day of Dussehra or Vijayadashami.

According to Astrologer Pt. Manoj Kumar Dwivedi, success is achieved in new work done on this day. On the day of Vijayadashami or Dussehra, Shri Ram, Maa Durga, Shri Ganesh, and Hanuman ji are worshiped, and wishes for the well-being of the family. It is believed that on the day of Dussehra, wishes are fulfilled by reciting Ramayana, Sunderkand, Shri Ram Raksha Strota.

Dussehra or Vijayadashami is considered to be the date of all accomplishments. Therefore, all auspicious works on this day are considered fruitful. According to astrology, on the day of Dussehra, children's alphabet writing, construction of a house or shop, housewarming, tonsure, naming ceremony, Annaprashan, ear piercing, Yajnopavit Sanskar and Bhoomi Pujan, etc. are considered auspicious. Marriage rituals are considered prohibited on the day of Vijayadashami.

The festival of Dussehra symbolizes the victory of good over evil. On this day Maryada Purushottam Lord Ram had killed Lankapati Ravana. Due to Ravana's increasing atrocities and arrogance, Lord Vishnu incarnated as Ram killed Ravana and freed the earth from Ravana's atrocities. The festival of Dussehra is celebrated to commemorate the victory over Ravana. This festival is also called Vijay Dashami. On this day, Mother Durga also killed Mahishasura.

Importance of Dussehra Puja
Mother Durga and Lord Rama are worshiped on the day of Dussehra. While Maa Durga is a symbol of power, Lord Ram is a symbol of dignity, religion, and ideal personality. Strength, dignity, religion, and ideals have special importance in life, the person who has these qualities achieves success.

Betel leaf is a sign of victory
On the day of Dussehra, eating betel leaf after burning Ravana, Kumbhakarna and Meghnad expresses the happiness of the victory of truth. On this day, after offering sweet Bundi to Hanumanji, it is important to seek his blessings by offering betel leaves to him. Eating and feeding betel leaves on Vijayadashami is considered a sign of respect, love, and victory.

Darshan of Neelkanth is auspicious
Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram had first seen the Neelkanth bird with the desire to win over Ravana, the king of Lanka. Neelkanth bird is considered the representative of Lord Shiva. Seeing Neelkanth on the day of Dussehra and praying to Lord Shiva for auspicious results brings good luck, wealth happiness, and prosperity in life.
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